New Data: Over 234,000 Ohioans Got Coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace During Open Enrollment

February 18, 2015

COLUMBUS, OH – According to new data released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), 234,507 Ohioans have enrolled or reenrolled in coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this enrollment period that ended February 15, 2015. The new data also includes enrollment statistics for four major Ohio metropolitan areas. In the Cleveland-Elyria area, 47,388 Ohioans enrolled; Columbus: 38,780; Cincinnati (including parts of OH and IN): 37,639; and Dayton: 14,518.

“It’s great news that more than 234,000 Ohioans were able to enroll or reenroll in quality, affordable health coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace this enrollment period,” said Get Covered America Ohio State Director Trey Daly. “These numbers reflect what we’ve seen all along – that Ohioans were excited to learn about their health coverage options under the Affordable Care Act and took advantage of their opportunity to get covered.  With an additional 471,340 Ohioans enrolled in expanded Medicaid through January 16, the Affordable Care Act has given hundreds of thousands of uninsured Ohioans access to new, affordable coverage options.”

Even though the open enrollment period ended on February 15, many Ohioans still have the opportunity to get covered now. Earlier this week, HHS announced a special enrollment period for consumers who started their application before the deadline but were unable to complete it. Any Ohioan who started an application before February 15 and believe they qualify for a special enrollment period must complete their application by February 22.

For low and moderate income Ohioans who are newly eligible under expanded Medicaid, there is no deadline to enroll because enrollment is year round.

To find if you are eligible for a special enrollment period or expanded Medicaid, Ohioans can schedule an appointment with an enrollment assister by visiting the Get Covered Connector, at connector.getcoveredamerica.org or by calling 1-800-648-1176.

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